Camden Daffodil Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Nature PhotographyOne of South Arkansas’ largest events takes place during the annual Camden Daffodil Festival every March. This is a special year as the festival, held March 8-9 this year, is celebrating 20 years!

The event offers an opportunity to enjoy the history of  the area with guided tours through the city’s museums, antebellum homes, and historical sites with costumed re-enactments.

A highlight every year is the Garden areas, open both Friday and Saturday, where you can find 13 acres of daffodils at Daniel’s Garden. There are also guided tours through historic Oakland Cemetery with Civil War reenactors on site. A tour of historic homes is also on the agenda and several are within walking distance from downtown. Home tours ( which are $5 each) are available for properties such as the John T. Chidester Stagecoach Inn and the Powell-Dietrich House ( built in 1859- when Federal troops occupied Camden in 1864, Union General Rice had his headquarters in the home).

Also on the lineup for the weekend is an antique car show, an annual Championship Steak Cook-off on Saturday, and more. For tour times or questions contact the Daffodil Festival folks at

In other news, Southern Living had a neat feature on planting daffodils with some advice from local gardener P. Allen Smith. Here is a link to it.


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